News Briefs 04-10-2004

Special thanks to Cernig and Jameske for covering the news whilst I was away riding the rollercoaster of life. Now it’s time for the Haunted House ride — TDG is a carnival, and we news presenters are the Carnies!

Thanks Steve, Bill and Jameske. Oh, and Greg. 😉

Quote of the Day:

Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice; it makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties, it doubts our concern, it questions our commitment. Because there’s no way we can look at Africa – a continent bursting into flames – and, if we’re honest, conclude that it would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else. Anywhere else. Certainly not here. In Europe. Or America. Or Australia, or Canada. There’s just no chance.

Bono at the UK Labour Party Conference

  1. Strange Bones
    Hi Rico,

    I expect the possibility of proto-human remains in the Americas to be pounced upon by Bigfoot enthusiasts. One of the biggest stumbling blocks to their case, other than where do these big hairy guys hide, has been where did they come from.

    Regards, C

  2. Bones in Mexico

    If Federico Solórzano has bones of Homo Erectus in Mexico, this lays waste to much of orthodox anthropology. Homo Erectus supposedly never left Africa. Solórzano’s findings should cause archaeologists to revisit the geological dating by Virginia Steen-McIntyre and other members of a team from the U.S. Geological Survey. Steen-McIntyre dated a tool-find in Mexico at 250,000-years using four independent dating techniques. Her findings were not published and she was generally shunned for her efforts. She wrote,

    The problem as I see it is much bigger than Hueyatlaco. It concerns the manipulation of scientific thought through the suppression of ‘Enigmatic Data,’ data that challenges the prevailing mode of thinking. Hueyatlaco certainly does that! Not being an anthropologist, I didn’t realize the full significance of our dates back in 1973, nor how deeply woven into our thought the current theory of human evolution had become. Our work at Hueyatlaco has been rejected by most archaeologists because it contradicts that theory, period. Their reasoning is circular. H. sapiens sapiens evolved ca. 30,000-50,000 years ago in Eurasia. Therefore any H.s.s. tools 250,000 years old found in Mexico are impossible because H.s.s. evolved ca 30,000. Such thinking makes for self-satisfied archaeologists but lousy science. Hidden History of the Human Race by Michael A. Cremo and Richard L. Thompson.

    I expect Solórzano’s findings will treated with equal contempt. And they wonder why archaeology is considered by some to be pseudo-science.


  3. Hawass puts Egyptologists on ICE
    Wow, the al-Ahram reporter describes the French-hosted ICE convention as “shambolic” (to coin a phrase) and taunts that the previous one in Zahi’s Egypt was far better organized! What’s more, if it had not been for heroics by Zahi himself, the “Napoleon of Egypt”, it might have been a complete disaster. We can only hope that the General took as captives many Egyptology Kings and their heirs, and that they will now receive proper training in the land of the Great Pyramid Builders.

    1. Patriotism
      It’s the worst side of ethnic patriotism, isn’t it — we [insert your ethnic group here] are so much better than everyone else.

      Racism and patriotic bias plays a big part in determining accepted scientific thought and process, unfortunately. No country is innocent of it. It seems to be thriving in Egyptology …

      1. National Pride
        Well, as they say, “what goes around eventually comes around.” Europeans and Americans have been looking down their noses on Egyptians since Napoleon’s time. When I went to do research along the Nile, I couldn’t believe the colonial attitude that still persists even among Egyptologists from the American Midwest. It seems like when they get over there some kind of uppity, racist spirit takes hold of them and they turn into different people. So, now Zahi and his entourage are giving it back to them. Touche!

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